Dry weather creates ideal conditions for harvesting but not for planting

Sunday, October 11, 2015
A cotton boll sits in a field as it nears maturation Friday in New Madrid County. The dry, warm weather has created ideal harvesting conditions for local farmers. (Photo by Ginger Stricklin, Staff)

Dry, warm weather helps speed up harvest and reduces wear-and-tear on big vehicles


SIKESTON -- Recent dry, sunny weather has made ideal harvest conditions for areal farmers.

"I was really concerned up until a few weeks ago because of how late we planted and how delayed we were in the beginning of the planting season with all of our corps," said Sam Atwell, agronomy specialist and county program director for New Madrid County and the Southeast Region

A total of only .63 inch of rainfall in Sikeston was recorded for the entire month of September by the Sikeston Power Plant, which serves as an official observer for the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky. In Mississippi County, 1.26 inches of precipitation was recorded for the month of September.

Atwell said the dry, warm weather is wonderful because it speeds up the harvest and quality of crops is better.

"The land is just dry," Atwell said.

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